Free 9th Grade Nutrition Lesson Plan (Health)

Topic: Nutrition throughout the life cycle

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe the principles of healthy eating and nutrition, including the importance of balanced meals and proper diet throughout the life cycle.
  • Students will be able to apply the concepts of nutrition and health to real-world situations.


  • Handouts on healthy eating and nutrition
  • Examples of balanced meals (e.g. sandwich, salad, fruit)
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Computer with Internet access for research


  • Have students draw a picture of their favorite meal. Ask them to explain why the meal is healthy and why they enjoy it.
  • Ask students to share their drawings and discuss the importance of nutrition and healthy eating.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the topic of nutrition and health promotion.
  • Discuss the importance of a balanced diet and the relationship between food and health.
  • Provide examples of healthy and unhealthy food choices.
  • Explain the best practices for nutrition through the life cycle, including pregnancy, infancy, childhood, and adulthood.

Guided Practice:

  • Have students work in pairs or small groups to complete a worksheet or activity on healthy food choices.
  • Demonstrate how to calculate the calories in a meal using a calculator or the calorie counting app on a smartphone.
  • Have each group present their healthy meal choices to the class and explain the reasoning behind their choices.

Independent Practice:

  • Assign a project where students choose a specific nutrition topic and research it using multiple sources.
  • Students should present their findings to the class in a poster or presentation format.


  • Review the main takeaways from the lesson.
  • Ask students to share something they learned or found interesting about nutrition.


  • Observe students during the guided and independent practice activities to check for understanding.
  • Collect and review the essays for content and grammar.

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